On 27 June 2020, Muslim abductors kidnapped a Hindu girl Sonali Rani Barman and converted her to Islam. As reported in a tweet, she was taken from her home at Dakshin Jhatina under Ruhia PS in Thakurgao dist of Bangladesh by Mohammad Tariqul Islam Parvez and others.
Unfortunately, this is not an exceptional case in Bangladesh where despite a supposedly ‘secular’ government and progressive media, crimes against Bangladeshi Hindus are being carried out with impunity.
All of 19 years, Sonali Barman is just another name or rather a name in the long list of Hindu victims that are one of most oppressed minorities in the world. Neither their land nor their women are safe, while their faith and dignity are challenged every single day by Islamist radicals.
In this video, a maulvi can be seen openly denigrating Hindu Dharma with full support of his cult members and all this while, Hindu homes are burned on mere rumors of insult of Mohammad as witnessed in Pabna(2013), Brahmanbaria(2016), Rangpur Sadar(2017), Bhola district(2019).
Year 2020 has not brought any respite to beleaguered Bangladeshi Hindus despite the Corona pandemic and resultant clampdown on human activities. Bangladesh has only seen a rise in crimes against Hindus says Govinda Chandra Pramanik, secretary-general of Bangladesh Jatiyo Hindu Mohajote.
In a press conference on 2nd July 2020, eminent Hindu activists of Bangladesh expressed concern over plight of Bangladeshi Hindus. Govind Chandra reported that the incidents of torture, including attacks on Hindu community houses, temples and mathas (monastries), killings, assassination attempts, sexual violence, land grabbing and forced emigration, had shown no sign of abating in Bangladesh. This has made the public life of Hindus in Bangladesh miserable.
He further added that the spread of coronavirus in Bangladesh is increasing day by day. As a result, extreme panic is prevailing in the minds of the people. Unemployed people are starving. Even in this catastrophic moment, 592 separate incidents of Hindu persecution have taken place in the last 6 months.
In his video recorded statement, Govinda Pramanik said that although Bangladesh was independent, the Hindu community of this country never got a taste of independence. Millions of acres of property have been seized in the country by passing the Abandoned Property Act. After that, the constitution was amended and communalized. The traditional Ramna Kali temple was destroyed soon after independence. Although it is now being rebuilt.
The post-election violence in 2001 was condemned by conscientious objectors around the world, but none of the perpetrators were punished. The government has not played any role in stopping the torture. Therefore, I am demanding the re-establishment of reserved seats and separate electoral system in the Jatiya Sangsad and the establishment of a Ministry of Minority Affairs to stop the long-standing persecution and oppression of the Hindu community and to ensure the representation of the minority Hindu community. The Hindu community has struggled all over the country to demand the implementation of this demand. But sadly the government did not listen to the two demands and that is why Hindu persecution is increasing day by day, Mr. Pramanik added.
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